signaljacker I think you misunderstood me.
I'm using Photoshop instead of Gimp because that's what I'm comfortable with, and it has all the features I need to work efficiently.
I'm using Maya instead of Blender because I know all the ins and outs of that software, and been using it for 15+ years.
I'm using afterEffects for Motion Graphics etc, because I'm comfortable with the software.
I'm using C2 for my hobby game making mostly because of the Event Sheet on my free time, because I can't stand to learning coding.
For me payment model is secondary, as long as I'm comfortable with the software. Apart from my employment, Graphic design is also my hobby on my spare time, but I still put up with a personal CC subscription, because I just can't force myself to use gimp at home, when I use photoshop at work.
TGeorgeMihai I can't really use any other software to replace those. Other software might read the files halfway without some features, effects , animations, etc. And Secondly it would take me ages to learn a new software from scratch.
If my intention was to make 3D games, I wouldn't even look at C2. C2 allows me to do 2D games without coding. (Expressions i can deal with), and that's the main reason I chose it personally, because I don't have time, energy and patience to code. If i teamed up with a coder, we could probably use another software but for my own little projects, so far I havn't found anything else I'm comfortable using.
All in all it's a matter of priority. I choose my tools based on comfort, not on pricing model. I don't use C2 professionally (It's only my hobby so far), but $99 per years is a fairly very cheap price to pay for a hobby, that allows me to make games at all which I never was able to do before.... without coding. I've tried some other softwares, but I found myself going nowhere with those, as I just don't have the patience to look at code. As a designer some form of visual scripting like the Event Sheet is priceless for me. I don't care if would cost the double, it allows me to do something that I was never able to do before, that I really enjoy doing on my spare time.
Others might have other priorities, so I'm just speaking for myself. If you're comfortable with coding other tools might work for you, but for me nope... I hate coding with a passion, that's why I love the Event Sheet... Pricing model is the least of my worries.